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Pixar's "John Carter" Team Visits Tarzana
Pre-production for the Disney/Pixar "John Carter of Mars" film is gathering steam

Tarzana, CA: October 2, 2007
The Pixar creative team spent Tuesday morning exploring the massive Edgar Rice Burroughs archives in the ERB, Inc. offices on Ventura Blvd.  Pixar's Jim Morris (vp), Andrew Stanton (director), Mark Andrews (script) discussed the "John Carter of Mars" film project with Burroughs representatives, Danton Burroughs, Sandra Galfas and Jim Sullos. 

All six members at the meeting expressed a deep commitment to the project, acknowledging that they had been inspired by Burroughs' creations from a very early age. This is evidenced in the excitement held for the John Carter property and the plans for a film trilogy faithful to the Burroughs books. Projected release date is sometime before 2012.

Danton Burroughs presented the creative team with a wealth of resources, including art samples and books by ERB scholars such as Irwin Porges and John F. Roy. They noted that their major resource to date had been the thousands of official ERB, Inc. Webpages and Webzines at ERBzine.

~ Bill Hillman
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Danton Burroughs with John Carter's Sword created by John Coleman Burroughs
Danton Burroughs in the ERB, Inc. Offices, Tarzana, California
with John Carter's Sword and Thoat model created by John Coleman Burroughs
Donation makes fantastic story
Huge sci-fi collection goes to Alberta 
Winnipeg Sun ~ October 6, 2007
Science fiction enthusiast Chester Cuthbert (right), with son Raymond, is donating 60,000 books to the University of Alberta. Even the size of a Winnipeg man's science fiction collection pushes the boundaries of reality. Now Chester Cuthbert wants his collection to enrich young people's minds as it has done with his imagination for decades. He's donating his entire treasure trove of science fiction -- an estimated 60,000 books and magazines compiled since the 1920s -- to the University of Alberta. "They've provided me with instruction and entertainment," said Cuthbert, who turns 95 in a couple of weeks. "It's important to stimulate the imagination. Reading fantastic literature has been a joy to me, and I hope that other people enjoy it too." 

The senior's astonishing accumulation includes periodicals, some of his own published fiction and piles of letters to and from other sci-fi buffs. And virtually all of it had been in boxes stacked in his Mulvey Avenue house. "You name it, my dad has it," Raymond Cuthbert, the aficionado's son, said of the collection that started when his father read a story by Edgar Rice Burroughs as a youth. "From that point on, he became interested in fantastic literature and began seeking it out. There was no such term as science fiction when he began collecting. That came later." 

Chester Cuthbert said one of the reasons he's parting with his books is that his eyesight is "deteriorating quite badly," making reading difficult. During a decades-long career in Winnipeg's insurance industry and while raising five children, Cuthbert collected a wealth of reading material. 

Following his wife's death last January, Cuthbert decided to part with his treasure and selected Edmonton's University of Alberta to take the materials -- valued at up to $1 million -- because of the institution's literary reputation and capacity to care for it. "There is no equivalent institution here that can handle this volume of collection," explained Raymond Cuthbert, 52. "The public library, University of Manitoba or University of Winnipeg would be incapacitated with a donation of this size. They just don't have the people or the space to deal with it." 

Randy Reichardt, a former Winnipeg resident, is one of two U of A library officials charged with organizing the books and magazines -- including westerns and other genres of fiction -- for shipment west. The work for him brings back memories of his youth in the '70s, when he came to know Cuthbert and relished his stuff with other teens. "He opened his house to us, and his wife always had cookies and drinks. It was just an amazing place," said Reichardt. "He would pull gems out, and we'd sit there with our jaws on the floor." 

Dateline Jasoom Podcast: Episode 41
Trailer for Tarzan and the Great River, thanks to ERB fan Henrik Hellburg's YouTube site. 
Also, a Filmation Tarzan cartoon YouTube site. 
Interview with ERB fan Don Gray. Dial P for Pulp promo. Bobby Williams' Tarzan song. 
Braingle Word of the Day site:

noun :: A woman of extraordinary stature, strength, and courage; a woman who has the robust body and masculine mind of a man; a female warrior. Hence, a mannish woman; a bold, turbulent woman; a termagant; a vixen.

"His own woman was of the party--a veritable giantess, a virago of the first magnitude--and she was evidently the only thing in the world of which Usanga stood in awe." -- Burroughs, Edgar Rice

Unique airship hybrid defies easy categorization
AIN Online ~ September 25, 2007
The Tarzana, Calif.-based company– which has been building airships for the past 20 years–unveiled a scale model of the Aeroscraft ML866 prototype air vehicle it plans to begin flight testing in 2010. “It’s not a blimp and not an airship or dirigible; it’s a new category,” said Edward Pevzner, Aeros business development manager. Pevzner said the design uses a hybrid of buoyant and aerodynamic lift in a vehicle capable of performing vertical takeoffs and landings and cruising from 20 to 120 knots with a range of up to 3,000 miles. The flying prototype will be powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 engines. A rendering on the Aeros Web site ( shows two turboshafts with six-blade propellers mounted on each side of the craft. “This is not a lighter-than- air vehicle,” Pevzner continued. For the ML866, he said, “We envision private uses, business or executive transport as a flying office and short-haul commuter service on routes such as between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.” Pevzner predicted wide usage for low density bulk cargo to areas with limited infrastructure. The aeroscraft design would operate as high as 12,000 feet. More>>>
Tarzan's Appeal Endures After 85 Years

Joan Monahan ~ The Ledger ~ September 25, 2007
Long before Superman, Batman, James Bond and others of that ilk, there was Tarzan, the real hero of my youth. I'm not sure what the universal appeal of Tarzan, the Ape Man, is. But this strong man dressed in a loin cloth, swinging on vines in the jungle, companion to apes and subduer of lions was popular around the world from his first appearance in a pulp magazine in 1912. The magazine sold for 15 cents. More>>>
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Dateline Jasoom podcast Episode 40 from
Carson Napier calls OnStar for turn-by-turn directions. 
Venus artist Richard Hescox tells the Dum Dum banquet audience 
how Edgar Rice Burroughs inspired him to be a professional illustrator.

NASA ~ September 21, 2007: 
NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has discovered entrances to seven possible caves on the slopes of a Martian volcano. The find is fueling interest in potential underground habitats and sparking searches for caverns elsewhere on the Red Planet. Very dark, nearly circular features ranging in diameter from about 328 to 820 feet puzzled researchers who found them in images taken by NASA's Mars Odyssey and Mars Global Surveyor orbiters. A montage image of the "Seven Sisters"--seven dark openings into cavernous spaces on the slopes of Arsia Mons. Researchers have nicknamed the features Dena, Chloe, Wendy, Annie, Abby, Nikki and Jeanne. 
[Left] A montage image of the "Seven Sisters"--seven dark openings into cavernous spaces on the slopes of Arsia Mons. Researchers have nicknamed the features Dena, Chloe, Wendy, Annie, Abby, Nikki and Jeanne.

"Whether these are just deep vertical shafts or openings into spacious caverns, they are entries to the subsurface of Mars," said Tim Titus of the U.S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff. "Somewhere on Mars, caves might provide a protected niche for past or current life, or shelter for humans in the future." "These are at such extreme altitude, they are poor candidates either for use as human habitation or for having microbial life. Even if life has ever existed on Mars, it may not have migrated to this height."
NASA Science

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The hell with tarzan - Tarzan Reviews ~ September 2007
Booooooooooo - Tarzan Reviews 
it sucked lol reeally really bad gosh it was bad this thing has to be 30 freakin words um.... i give a ....F
"Cheetah" joins the Dolphin Games

Dolphin Watch: Horsetails: A game or something else? 
Tampa Bay Weekly ~ September 27, 2007
Horsetails are mangrove seedpods. The dolphins have been throwing them around all month. Like people play Horseshoes, dolphins do something we can call Horsetails. . . . Like P the night before, N tossed and caught a horsetail several times as he traveled through the soft morning light alongside bulls DD2, BB, Cheetah and LA Cheetah. Cheetah is named after the endearing chimp actor in Johnny Weissmuller’s Tarzan movies. LA Cheetah is a Cheetah Look Alike, hence LA.

Later that morning, Cheetah and LA Cheetah meandered with females JJ and Rim past sandbars dotted with shorebirds poking for breakfast. Two more bulls came up. One of them started tossing horsetails. After two more bulls came barging in and out, breaking up the action, the first four returned to their meanderings. More>>>

Chicagoans can tour Edgar Rice Burroughs' home
Chicago Tribune Local Calendar ~ Oak Park 
The Historical Society of Oak Park & River Forest will present "Hometown Legends," a guided trolley tour of the homes of people who left their mark on America and the world. Two-hour tours begin at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday from Pleasant Home, 217 S. Home Ave., Oak Park. The cost is $35. Some of the notables include Ray Kroc, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ernest Hemingway, Percy Julian, Jane Hamilton, Cubs Hall of Famer Joe Tinker and entrepreneurs who founded Mars Candy, Jay's Potato Chips and inventors of the Twinkie, yo-yo and Eskimo Pie. Call 708-848-6755 or register at
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Rob Donkers reports from Holland that the Dutch version of Tarzan, the Musical, is bringing in the bacon for Disney and the Dutch producers. So far half a million tickets have been sold since the premiere in April!
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RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE: A TARZAN TALE  ~  From: Tucson Events Calendar:
Tucson's Live Theater Workshop is presenting "Rumble in the Jungle: A Tarzan Tale" every Sunday from 1 to 2 PM through November 4. The musical is locally written and produced.
 The story of Tarzan is retold in this adaptation by Megan Patno. Tarzan (Eric Schumacher) happens upon Jane (Missie Scheffman) and her father (Steve McKee), who are doing research in his African home. Jane and her father quickly become friends with Tarzan and his hyper-active animal friends Lyonitae (Kristi Loera) and Zebunindi (Debbie Runge) and they all travel through the forest to meet Tarzan’s gorilla mother Samundee (Deborah Breedlove). Even as they fall in love, Jane and Tarzan realize that they come from very different worlds and cannot be together. They struggle to understand each other, narrowly escape poachers and discover the wonders of the primitive and modern worlds colliding in this wild musical adventure from All Together Theatre.

Welcome to the Jungle
Review from Tucson Weekly
Edgar Rice Burroughs' well-known vine-swinger, Tarzan, stars in the newest children's production from Live Theatre Workshop, featuring an original script, music and choreography. The quirky cast of lions, zebras and gorillas will be entertaining for kids and adults, says LTW executive director Kristi Loera. Adapted for the stage by director Megan Patno, and with original music by David Ragland, the performance is sure to have kids and parents clapping and singing along, says Loera. "The show is amazing," she says. "We really have taken our children's theater up quite a level." The characters come across many challenges, including escaping poachers and the difficulties separating the primitive and modern worlds. Loera is also part of the cast. She plays the part of Lyonitae, a leopard who, with a zebra named Zebunindi, travels with Tarzan and Jane through their many adventures in the jungle in search of Tarzan's gorilla mother. [Ed: Tarzan is played by Eric Schumacher - see photo]
"My character and the zebra are partners in crime. They add a sense of comic relief that adults will appreciate," she says. "The two have some crazy antics." The music, Loera says, features incredible orchestration and vocals. "It is definitely musical theater," Loera says. "It's a really hyperactive, exciting comedy with wonderful music and dance." Live Theatre Workshop receives some funds from the Tucson Pima Arts Council and the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and participates in outreach programs by performing at schools across Tucson, Loera says. Rumble in the Jungle: A Tarzan Tale will run through Nov. 4. Ticket prices range from $5 to $8. For more information, call 327-4242 or visit

Great-grandma was the first lady of bodybuilding
Herald-Tribune ~ September 15, 2007
RIVERVIEW -- Arnold Schwarzenegger once called her "the sexiest grandmudda in da world." She organized and competed in some of the first female bodybuilding competitions in America. She appeared on TV shows and in the movie "Pumping Iron II." She photographed hundreds of bodybuilders and judged dozens of competitions around the world. This is why Doris Barrilleaux likes to call herself the "First Lady" of women's bodybuilding. Her shelf of trophies includes several lifetime achievement awards. She's writing an autobiography in her home office on the Alafia River north of Bradenton. At 76, she might be the sexiest great-grandmother in the world. . . . Even in the summer, she doesn't like to run the air conditioning. "I'm not an AC person," she says, laughing. "I'm a natural outdoor person. Tarzan is my idol." 
Tim Gardner, a Tampa coach and promoter, remembers Barrilleaux from his bodybuilding days. "She got females on stage to be judged as bodybuilders. That's it in a nutshell." Gardner will recognize Barrilleaux's contributions at the Hurricane Bay bodybuilding competition today at Gaither Auditorium in Tampa. For Barrilleaux, 76 is a number, not an age. She likes to quote Satchel Paige, the timeless pitcher from the Negro Leagues, about longevity and state of mind. "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you was?" she says. "I can't believe I'm that old." More>>>
Press Release from  and
The ERB Pirates of Venus Film Project
San Diego, CA September 5, 2007 – Angelic Pictures, Inc. announces the completion of the Pirates of Venus treatment and screenplay adaptation from one of the world’s most popular novelists Edgar Rice Burroughs’. The executives are in the midst of developing the live action motion picture. The adaptation of Burroughs’ classic science fiction fantasy has been registered at the Writer’s Guild of America.

Angelic’s Head of Production, Bruce Pobjoy says, “Not only is this screenplay a major milestone in the lifecycle of this project, but it is a fantastic amount of fun. It is our intention to be loyal to the integrity of Burroughs’ writing, while at the same time updating, and modernizing the story for today’s sensibilities, and sophisticated movie audiences. The film is going to be quite a ride.”

Commissioned by Angelic Pictures, the screenplay brings to life one of Burroughs’ most unique and colorful heroes, Carson Napier in his adventures of discovery and peril on the clouded planet of Venus. Napier is said to be the character most infused with Burroughs’ own personality.

“It has been a dream of mine to bring the vivid imagination of Edgar Rice Burroughs to the screen.” Pobjoy stated, “Today we have an incredible screenplay, which combined with new advances in technology and film making, will have the spectacular outer-space worlds of ERB thrilling today’s film consumers.”

Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) produced over 88 novels during his lifetime, including 24 novels in the famous Tarzan series. The Venus series topped all his pervious sales at their time of publication. Burroughs’ tales of adventure have endured the test of time and maintain wide popularity today.

Inspiration, creativity and entertainment are traits Angelic Pictures mandates for all their film and media projects. The option of Burroughs’ novels fits well in the Angelic plan of wide appeal, marketability and quality.

About Angelic Pictures:
Angelic Pictures mission is to provide a high-volume, profitable stream of respectable motion pictures following the Hollywood studio model. Angelic Pictures seeks to produce quality feature films that balance creativity with business efficiency. Angelic Pictures is in the film business, so the realities of financing, marketing and investor return are our top priorities. Angelic Pictures partners are, distributors, producers and investors. Angelic Pictures works side-by-side with our partners to create marketable products. The WGA Screenplay and Treatment conform to the guild standards, as Angelic Pictures has been a WGA Signatory since June of 2000.

Contact: Public Relations, Angelic Pictures, 619.238.8234

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Tarzan entangled in elastics
(Telegraaf - Prive)
Amsterdam - From now on, Tarzan is tight by two strings in the Circustheater. After an accident which took place (without injuries) with the vines adjustments were implemented immediately...

Merlijn, an "ape" actor from the ensemble from the musical Tarzan remained unhurt, but got scared last Saturday night. During the flying dance his bungeejump vine stretched too far, the result being that he skimmed closely along the floor.

The show could continue but safety measures were taken immediately to have more security. "The actors are now secured with two elsatics. So that this can not happen again. It is a spectacular show but we don't want to take any security risks," according a spokesman.

Story submitted by Ron de Laat
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“I much prefer illustrating the tales of Robert E. Howard. They are much stronger in mood and narration than those of Burroughs and allow a wider range of illustrative interpretations. As St. John is remembered for Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tarzan, I would like to be remembered for REH and Conan. I feel a certain sense of loss that Howard isn’t alive to appreciate what I’ve done with Conan.”
—Frank Frazetta 


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